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Social Injustice and Public Health$
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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

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Oral Health

Oral Health

Chapter:
(p.357) 20 ORAL HEALTH
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Social Injustice and Public Health
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Myron Allukian

Alice M. Horowitz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.003.0020

This chapter describes the impact of social injustice on oral health. It defines oral health and describes the oral disease epidemic. A box in the chapter describes social inequalities in oral health internationally. The chapter discusses national priorities, local and state priorities, school programs, dental public health infrastructure, the dental workforce, and practices of the food and tobacco industries. It describes what needs to be done to improve oral health and reduce the impact of social injustice on oral health.

Keywords:   dental care, health literacy, international health, health policy, food industry, tobacco industry, national health program

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